Jazz @ the Sandbar Celebrates Twenty Years

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010- in 1989, Ellis Marsalis returned to New Orleans after two years teaching jazz at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He had left the city after making comments in the press that the city wasn’t focused on jazz education suggesting that local talent was being squandered.  Upon returning, he was hired by the University of New Orleans to head the Jazz Studies department.  Within a short period, he added his old running partner from the 1950s jazz heyday, Harold Battiste, and a younger supremely talented played, Victor Goines, to the faculty.  They promptly started what has become a Wednesday evening tradition.  Tonight, the Jazz @ the Sandbar series moves to a new home, the UNO Homer Hitt Alumni Center on Milneberg Road at the lake, and begins this fall’s schedule with the return of Marsalis as a special guest.  Victor Atkins, a student of Marsalis turned faculty member will lead the band of Jazz Studies students.  Subsequent weeks will feature the saxophonist Brice Winston, the trumpeter Jeremy Davenport, the pianist Steve Pistorius, the South African drummer Nkanyezi Cele, the saxophonist John Ellis, the guitarist Ted Ludwig, and the singer Jacqui Naylor.  The performances are from 7:30 to 10:00 PM and are free with student ID.

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